Neural Semi-Markov Conditional Random Fields for Robust Character-Based Part-of-Speech Tagging

NAACL 2019  ·  Apostolos Kemos, Heike Adel, Hinrich Schütze ·

Character-level models of tokens have been shown to be effective at dealing with within-token noise and out-of-vocabulary words. But these models still rely on correct token boundaries... In this paper, we propose a novel end-to-end character-level model and demonstrate its effectiveness in multilingual settings and when token boundaries are noisy. Our model is a semi-Markov conditional random field with neural networks for character and segment representation. It requires no tokenizer. The model matches state-of-the-art baselines for various languages and significantly outperforms them on a noisy English version of a part-of-speech tagging benchmark dataset. Our code and the noisy dataset are publicly available at http://cistern.cis.lmu.de/semiCRF. read more

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